So I’m driving along the other day, on the interstate, with all the other cars, and I start to pass a Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet that’s doing about 60 miles per hour in the far right lane. For those of you who aren’t up on your Porsche models, this is the base-level 911 with a convertible top. It’s a very cool car — especially in silver with a red interior and a red top, as this one was.
As I get closer, I notice something: the vanity plate, which reads "FAST 9". This is an automatic eye-roll. About 97 percent of vanity plates are an automatic eye-roll. But this one especially is pretty cringeworthy, because it looks like they’re trying to make some sort of statement about how impressively cool and high-performance their car is, except that it’s currently the slowest vehicle on the highway.
And then I saw it.
There, placed below the "911" badge on the rear end of this thing, is an aftermarket badge that says "Turbo." This is not a Porsche 911 Turbo, mind you — it’s merely a regular Porsche 911 on which this person has placed a "Turbo" badge. "This person" being the same one who went out and sprung for a vanity plate that reads "FAST 9". As I got a little closer, I noticed the "Turbo" badge is actually crooked.
Folks of Oversteer, this is a prime example of what not to do, for about eleven reasons.
The primary reason you shouldn’t do this is oh so obvious: You’re already driving a nice car! A 911 Carrera Cabriolet starts at $104,400 with shipping — and equipped as this one is, I suspect it’s more like $110,000 or $115,000. So why do you need to lie to people and try to convince them that you’re driving a 911 Turbo?! I could understand if you’re driving a Geo Metro, and you put a BMW badge on there for fun because you want someone, anyone, to think you’re cool. But a brand-new Porsche 911?!
And this brings us to the biggest reason why you shouldn’t do this: Because any car enthusiast who knows enough to appreciate your car will also know that your Turbo badge is fake!!! Seriously, all car enthusiasts know the ways to distinguish a standard 911 from a 911 Turbo, and all car enthusiasts will see the badge, see that your car doesn’t have those distinctions, and then become giddy with laughter that you’d try to pull this off. Save from losing control when leaving Cars and Coffee, this is probably the only way to embarrass yourself in a new Porsche 911.
Now, I freely admit, I’m aware that even the standard 911 is technically turbocharged now. But it isn’t a 911 Turbo — and Porsche certainly doesn’t give it a "Turbo" badge from the factory. And if the badge doesn’t come from the factory, folks, here’s a tip: Save yourself some embarrassment and just don’t put it on. Find a Porsche 911 for sale
Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.